When I was reflecting upon what subject I wanted to write about this week, I felt called to write about a portion of the Gospel according to Matthew that kept recurring in my thoughts.
It can be eerily similar with each of us as far as the gospel goes. We so often intend to follow a good, well-planned, righteous path to our heavenly Father and eternal life, but then the wheels come off.
Mark 8:29 (NASB): “But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered and said to Him, ‘You are the Christ.’” As high school seniors prepare to graduate and move on to the next chapter of their lives, they have many questions that they must answer: What will I do after graduation? What kind of job will I get? Where will I go to college? It seems at times that there is no end to the questions. All of these questions are important, but they are not the most important question. The most important question they will answer is one that was posed more than 2,000 years ago to a group of largely illiterate men who were following Jesus: “Who do you say that I am?”
My name is Scott Middleton, and I, along with my wife, Pam, moved to Craig in January to begin serving with the Craig Christian Church. We had served as missionaries in Scotland for five years. In July 2008, because of my father’s failing health, we returned to the states where I accepted the position as senior minister for Providence Christian Church in Sugar Land, Texas.
“Blessed are those who mourn, ….” “Real love hurts; real love makes you totally vulnerable and open; real love will take you far beyond yourself; and therefore real love will devastate you,” (quoted from “The Wisdom Jesus,” Cynthia Bourgeault).
We live in a great community, don’t you agree? Sure we have our problems, but we work together to try to resolve them.
Sunday is a significant day for those of the Christian faith as they celebrate the events forming the basis of their religion, the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. With numerous local sites to worship during the holiday, the Craig Daily Press has compiled a brief history for many of the churches in town.
Craig Easter egg hunt features many activities
For the third year in a row, New Creation Church is hosting an Easter egg hunt for families in the community at 11 a.m. Saturday.
I see it silently in stores all around town. They cry out for me, take me home, take me home let me go home with you. It is the pastel-colored flowers, reminding me of spring.
I just returned from a week in Florida, where I experienced reinforcement in Biblical principles I am learning regarding helping people in need. Our family noticed a homeless woman setting up “camp” on the beach we were enjoying. Camp consisted of a number of cardboard boxes, a few beach towels and two well-worn beach umbrellas.
Springgggggggg Breaaaaaaak! For most adults it does not quite have the ring to it that it used to during college days. I am one of the few who get a reprieve when school is on a break because my work primarily involves youth.
Lately, I've been thinking about my reactions to things and how I don't always have the best response. The Apostle Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
When one examines Jesus’ ministry he was all about teaching life lessons to his disciples and those around him.
Today, I want to boldly ask you a question: “Got hope?” I have been captured this week by the word “hope” in Scripture and by another word that so often accompanies “hope” — the word “wait.” This won’t be much of a sermon, I’m afraid, but I hope it is a message just for you.
We have just entered Lent, the 40-day time frame in which we prepare ourselves, through penitence and fasting, self-examination and prayer for the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Historically, those of notorious sinful nature, who had been separated from the Church, were reconciled by personal repentance and the community’s forgiveness. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, we, through the symbolic act of placing ashes on our foreheads, recognize that we are all sinners, that we are all made from dust and will return to dust, and that we are all in need of reconciliation with others, both in and out of the Church community.